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Bill Barnes
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Today's Not Invented Here strip begins a sequence about forking open source projects. I confess I am somewhat of a newbie when it comes to such things, so I did a bunch of research and I hope I got it right.
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This looks like it'll be a good forking storyline.
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Paul Southworth's reign as Not Invented Here artist comes to a close this week :-(
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What, you expect me to read your blogs as well as follow you on G+ and Twitter as well as read your comics? Sheesh, the commitment you artists demand! :)

Tl;dr: I missed it.
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We arrived back home Friday at 10:40pm after ten days on the road that featured a fun camping trip, a 14 hour day getting from South of Mt. Rainier to Parksville, BC, lots of wrestling with hotel wifi, a game of bumper boats, and a 9 hour trip back home. My wife informs me that her class was worth it all.

This weekend we have been unpacking, washing everything, and slowly knitting our lives back together. I've got two days to reform my strip buffer and then I leave on Wednesday for a talk in Pasadena to the staff of the Los Angeles County Public Library. My daughter is coming with, her first business trip with Daddy. A trip to Disneyland is in the cards as well.
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My kids will be @ Disneyland next week too. Alas, not I said the pig.
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I've spent much of this week working in cafes and hotel rooms on my still-new 11" MacBook Air. Here are some tidbits. At some point I'll assemble my thoughts into an article in the NIH blog.

* Battery life has been pretty poor, but then I am running Win 7 on VMWare Fusion. I think I know who the hog is here
* Full screen mode is handy but it feels like a giant hack, with lots of weird modal ticks that I'm still getting used to. I frankly can't believe a beginner would enjoy it. But I can tell I am trending positive on it because I wish more apps supported it, especially Fusion and Photoshop. They each have their own "full screen mode" but they doesn't link into Lion's screen-switching gestures. I think there's a way to assign them to their own screens, a la the old spaces, but I haven't had time to delve into it.
* Not missing my mouse
* Completely acclimated to the new scrolling directions
* Loving the new gestures. Today I've been especially enjoying three fingers swipe up to reveal Mission Control
* I will never ever use launchpad
* Recover from Suspend has been a little flakey, twice I've had to reboot
* Reestablishing wifi connection after opening the lid is guaranteed to fail twice then succeed. But I haven't tested this outside this hotel, where the wifi is... free, and that's the best thing I can say about it.

Canada is nice, clean, and much more expensive than the good old days when the US Dollar wasn't printed on borrowed paper.
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Well, if it's the end times, it's completely justified for me to buy all the consumer electronics I've wanted, right?
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Tomorrow morning we're off to a campground near Mt. Rainier to spend five days camping with several dozen other Seattle-based homeschool families. The kids form into packs and roam around on bicycles, the adults form into packs and sit around drinking coffee and stronger stuff.

My favorite part is sitting around a campfire playing music and singing. I'm bringing my ukulele and guitar and just possibly my u-bass as well.

After that we head up to Parksville, BC where my wife is doing a week-long training. She was on the waiting list until a few days ago, so this is a rather hastily-formed venture. We're leaving straight from the campground, complete with bicycles, tents, and dog, and driving up to Port Angeles to take a ferry over to Vancouver Island.

The kids are going to day camp, where they will presumably learn to play hockey and spell words wrong. I'm bringing my tiny little MacBook Air on its first trip away from home. I hope it's not scared.
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definitely bring the guitar!
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My muscle memory is still adjusting to Apple's late April Fools scrolling joke, but already I am appreciating the little bits of Lion, especially full screen mode. As many have already pointed out, it doesn't really make much sense on a big screen, but on a laptop, especially the 11" MacBook Air, it's magic, especially combined with the "next desktop" gesture. I did some Rails coding on the couch yesterday. I had Terminal and Safari both full-screen, and swiped my way back and forth. My wife, who as a matter of principle shows no interest in OS upgrades, oohed and aahed at this. (She still misses the Windows "maximize" feature, and this is the closest Apple has come to date).

Speaking of Terminal, when you create a new tab it defaults to the directory you were on in the previous tab, which is all I've ever really asked for.

Everything just seems a little smarter. Many of the sharp edges of my electronic life (some of which I didn't even know I had) have been buffed smooth. Some folks hate all the animation, and maybe I'll get sick of it eventually. But life is full of abrupt transitions, and I very much appreciate Apple's efforts to make theirs as pleasant as possible.
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I like inverted scrolling... Until I get to work and my PC scrolls the opposite way to the way I expect it to. Also, shift+green blob will maximize a window :)
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UPDATED: Swapped Muppets and Tintin

Friday is my birthday, and I'm resuming an old tradition of spending it watching as many movies as possible. You're invited! And if you don't live in Seattle, I plan to live tweet between shows.

The following table imported REALLY POORLY but hopefully you can still figure it out.

Where Time Movie Length Finished

Meridian 11:39 AM The Muppets 1h 38m 0s 1:32 PM
LUNCH 0h 28m 0s
Pacific Place 2:00 PM Tintin 1h 41m 0s 3:56 PM“DINNER” 1h 4m 0s Meridian 5:00 PM Young Adult 1h 34m 0s 6:49 PM
Meridian 6:45 PM My Week with Marilyn 1h 36m 0s 8:36 PM
Pacific Place 8:50 PM Tinker Tailor Solider Spy 2h 7m 0s 11:12 PM
DRIVE TO EGYPTIAN
Egyptian Midnight Big Trouble in Little China
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Sounds like fun, Enjoy.
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For what it's worth I created pages for +Unshelved and +Not Invented Here. As they are COMPLETELY EMPTY I suspect it's not worth much, but perhaps in future they will be worth more?
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following you now--love the strips (esp Unshelved)!
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Greeting [Card]s from Unshelved! Because you asked for it! In writing.

http://www.unshelved.com/store/Cards/Greeting
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In the last few months Not Invented Here has featured random snapshots of my experience working at a startup in the late 90's. This one is the closest to being a verbatim transcript from a meeting I attended.
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Yes, my experience was that I always felt sorry for the people we were pitching.
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You know, after all the fussing about circles I find I'm just posting everything to public after all.
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I am, too, but it is nice to be able to just read only those items I want to see without completely hiding them like you have to do on Facebook.
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I love my iPad 2 with a passion I normally reserve for [redacted] so I hope you understand the following is not meant to be disloyal to any part of the tablet revolution:

I missed my laptop.

The iPad is just so small and light and, well, portable, that it is my go-to machine for pretty much everything these days. It is unparalleled for walking around and getting stuff done and/or catching up on stuff. The whole thought of unplugging my 13" MacBook Pro and lugging it around, well, let's just say that thought was seldom completed. I took it on trips when I had to do programming or Photoshop, and only increasingly resentfully.

But as much as I enjoy the whole tablet way of life, I missed having ready and simple access to a keyboard. I missed having multiple apps on-screen at the same time. I missed being able to watch AVI and Flash video on occasion. And I missed not being able to do certain important types of work.

So now that my laptop is almost as small and light as my iPad, now I have new decisions to make. Is this an iPad kind of jaunt? Or will I prefer my MacBook Air? The truth is I'll probably take both with me, at least for a while, and sort out how I actually prefer to do my mobile computing. And it's not crazy to think that "both" will often be the right answer, because they are good at different things. Throw in the iPhone and I'm that totally reprehensible guy in the cafe juggling three devices.
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I saw we take it to the airlines to increase the size of their airline trays. Too long have we suffered this injustice of our laptops not fitting on their tray tables!
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  • Overdue Media
    Publisher, 2002 - present
  • Microsoft
    Various, 1989 - 2008
  • GiftCertificates.com
    VP Technology, 1996 - 1998
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Seattle
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New York, NY - Hong Kong - Chappaqua, NY - Lagos, Nigeria - London, England - Pittsburgh, PA - Seattle, WA
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Cartoonist, Programmer, Beginner Musician
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Cartoonist (Unshelved, Not Invented Here), Programmer, Beginner Musician.
Education
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Mathematics, 1985 - 1989
  • American School in London
    1982 - 1985
  • Horace Greeley High School
    1981 - 1982
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